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New ADOBE Components Enhance KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Press release from the issuing company

CHICAGO, Oct. 15 -- One plus one is adding up to endless possibilities with the combination of KODAK Unified Workflow solutions and new technologies from Adobe. As part of Graph Expo 2006 technology demonstrations of the new KODAK PRINERGY workflow system, version 4, Kodak will highlight how the new ADOBE PDF Print Engine technology and the ADOBE FLEX development environment helped Kodak improve the newest PRINERGY system release. “The PRINERGY 4 system takes advantage of new ADOBE technology developments to enhance the open, intelligently automated, modular and expandable architecture of KODAK Unified Workflow solutions,” said Stan Coleman, General Manager, KODAK Unified Workflow solutions. “Kodak is providing customers with JDF and PDF based solutions that automate and optimize the print process. These solutions integrate production, business and color workflows, touching different stages of the print process, including PDF creation and preflight, PDF productivity tools, prepress or publishing workflow systems proofing, and output devices.” First announced at IPEX 2006, the ADOBE PDF Print Engine is a new printing platform being incorporated by OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) into printing products such as Raster Image Processors (RIPs), previewing and proofing software, and workflow systems. The ADOBE PDF Print Engine will be incorporated in a number of KODAK solutions, including all configurations of KODAK PRINERGY workflow systems, and enhances the performance and handling of complex print files containing advanced PDF technology elements. Currently, PRINERGY workflow system users can color manage, trap and proof PDF files with transparency by applying flattening in the workflow. With the ADOBE PDF Print Engine, coupled with enhanced PRINERGY software file processing, transparencies are preserved at all stages of the workflow to an output device, providing more flexibility for late stage file corrections and output decisions. A native PDF RIP technology, the ADOBE PDF Print Engine, will allow the PRINERGY workflow system to provide faster, more reliable file processing. The fact that the ADOBE PDF Print Engine uses the same rendering technology available in the creative desktop applications also ensures greater consistency throughout the print process. Importantly, the ADOBE Print Engine uses JDF to capture and control process information, helping PRINERGY workflow systems further extend the KODAK Unified Workflow solution architecture and provide opportunities to implement richer integration and automation options. Also being demonstrated with PRINERGY 4 software at Graph Expo is the new PRINERGY software “Dashboard,” a browser based production and status tool developed with Adobe’s new FLEX development environment. Dashboard gives operators and customer service representatives better visibility of the production process with an overall view of job status. FLEX tools provided Kodak the means to offer an exceptional user experience by creating a rich new graphical web interface that is accessible and broadly supported. “The KODAK Unified Workflow architecture is a powerful solution for the print industry,” said Don Walker, Senior Director of Product Marketing and Business Development, Adobe. “Now, PRINERGY workflow systems incorporating the ADOBE PDF Print Engine can further enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the architecture to drive richer, more effective end to end workflows.” KODAK products are backed by KODAK Service and Support, Kodak’s worldwide service organization. Named Best Support Organization at the 2006 International Business Awards, KODAK Service and Support includes more than 3,000 professionals in 120 countries. These professionals are fully qualified to help customers control costs, maximize productivity, and minimize business risk.




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